Santa Rosa City Manager Allows ‘Occupy’ Camping At City Hall

SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — Santa Rosa police will not arrest “Occupy Santa Rosa” participants if they camp out at the City Hall complex, according to a decision by city officials Saturday afternoon.

A crowd of about 1,000 cheered when Julie Combs, a member of the community advisory board, announced that City Manager Kathy Millison said she ordered Santa Rosa police to stand down and allow camping until Tuesday.

The community advisory board serves as a bridge between the community and public safety agencies.

Word of Millison’s order reached Combs by email at 1:45 p.m., and Combs made the announcement to the crowd about 2 p.m.

The City Council will revisit the issue of continued camping on Tuesday.

The camping at the complex on Santa Rosa Avenue and First Street will be allowed if there is no violence, alcohol, drugs or public urination.

Earlier this week, some members of “Occupy Santa Rosa” said they were willing to be arrested and intended to set up camp at the City Hall complex.

Santa Rosa Police Chief Tom Schwedhelm said police officers would present the campers with options and that the police response would depend on the campers’ reactions to those options.

The crowd began to march on downtown streets about 2:30 p.m., chanting, “Whose streets? Our streets!”

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  • Linda Pledger Haskins

    Sad to hear Kathy feels that way seems she forget who pays her salary! Guess my holiday shopping will be internet or out of town. Not supporting those who are marxists and resent the hard woking class that funds our tax system!!!!!!

    • JB

      So using their first amendment right is a marxist act?

      Can you explain why Marx was wrong? I’ll bet you cannot and don’t even understand what you are saying.

      It is their right to demonstrate peacefully. If you are against them then you are against the Constitution. Simple as that.

      Hopefully, whatever gains their demonstrations get, will not help you as you don’t deserve it.

    • Volunteer

      Pathetic display of leadership and community concern

      Telling the demonstrators: come on in we accept – right afetr giving illegals identification to freely function in our society

  • racerx

    This is exactly what we need…Linda and Volunteer and all the other hard-working people to band together. These losers pretend they represent the majority. In reality, they represent no one but themselves. We (the 99%) need to get together. While we can’t march and camp and act like animals in public space, we can refuse to spend money in cities like Oakland and Santa Rosa. This will send a clear message to these “leaders” (or morons in leadership positions) that while we support public assembly and free speech, we, the majority, do not support public camping and the filth and crime that accompanies it. PERIOD. I will not spend $1 in Santa Rosa or Oakland until they get the message.

    • JB

      No one is asking you to support them…But why do you feel the need to speak out against them?

      Why don’t you speak out against the inequities that the current economic system makes? Do you realize that the top 1% own over sixty percent of the wealth in this country. Do you think that is an accident or do you think legislation lobbied for by the wealthy has led to this inequity? You need a little hardship in your life…Then you might understand.

  • Philip Scharfy

    The problem is the voters. Election after election they vote for the same spineless liberal and expect things to get better. The current crop have the backbones of paramecium and thats why they cave so easily to the occupoop socialists.

  • NorCal_Dave

    Philip S : Its not “caving” when you are speaking about “our” rights of free speech and the right to peacefully assemble in a public space paid for by tax payer dollars!!! We are not animals we are the 99%ers!!!!
    Unless you are a millionaire or BILLIONAIRE You ARE the 99%ers too!!! We as 99%ers do not have high priced lawyers or lobbyist to do our bidding on capital hill in DC!!! We must speak up loudly all across this nation to ensure that our voices are heard, not only by our “elected REPRESENTATIVES” but also by the 1%ers who are raping our nation!!!

  • Linda Pledger Haskins

    Dave the 1% is anyone making over 250,000.00 a year (Depending in who you listen to). Really not that much. Most people making that do have to work overtime and really really hard but anyone has the free will to make it happen if they want to. Under 14% of the !% are even in finance lot of the people are Dave, Dave,Doctors ( who more then deserve to make that kind of money (lawsuits and people not willing to pay there own healthcare and now socialized med., my insurance went from 750.00 to 1,400.00 in the last year because of the idiot in office, is what is raising medical costs),and should not be expected to work for free so lazy people can have healthcare. Others in 1% are business owners who work long hours and take huge risks and employ people. Any one with the drive can be the 1%. I’m not and will never be a 99%er. I believe in the freedom to be and make and do what you want in a free society. All the Socialist countries are going down and we are following like the lazy country we have become. There are bad and crocked people in every profession and job sector from $8.00 up, but there are also good people. The big problem we have is envy of those who only want to work the min. and want what the people who work the most. A lot of the 1% are what have made this nation great and give people like you jobs. Entitlement is another way of saying lazy. OWS dose not want to take America back they want to change it to Communism. BIG difference. Who pays for clean up after the leave. They are filthy. The tax payer. They don’t really care they just needed a bandwagon to jump on. They don’t have jobs because of their attitude!!! I would never hire anyone of those people to work for me they are the complainers. Sad group of people.

    • bill

      You have been dupped if you really believe this, better read up on who the 1% are.
      so sad how the super rich have been able to make you think that you are closer to them than you really are. you have too many preconcieved notions based on your own bias rather than actual facts, you should talk to the people you are down on before coming to these wrong conclusions. remember that you are talking about your fellow americans, these are mothers, fathers, teachers, factory workers, vets etc…you are referring to…your bitterness is miss-directed.

    • JB

      Try 500K a year, on average.

      Calling them lazy and filthy is simply a way to denigrate them and in turn, denigrate their message.

      The 1% would replace you with a robot if it would make them money. They did not make this country great. They are only out to make a buck and you are a mindless zombie if you think otherwise.

      There are no good jobs. They would like to extend the retirement age, while at the same time mergers and bad trade deals have destroyed many of the jobs these kids, many college kids, would have gotten.

      They are complainers and what does that make you who complains about the complainers. Hypocrite. Just do us all a favor and be quiet the same way you are when your wealthy masters tell you to do so. You don’t get it and never will.


    JB, blame yourself for voting for the same bought and paid for politicians. You are wrong about the 1% not making this country great, where do you think the money came from to fight the Revolutionary war,china? Read some history and you will see that wealthy people and corporations have always supported this country.

  • zoe moire

    The rain is coming; the last place I want to be is outside camping.

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